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The German Embassy Prize of the Washington Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in German language and literature. The prize goes to Jennifer Forester.

Jennifer is a graduating senior majoring in English and was abroad in Berlin this summer.

The Edenia Guillermo Award is awarded to a senior Hispanic student who has achieved the highest academic record in four years of study. This prize was established in 1983 to honor Edenia Guillermo, professor emerita of Spanish, who taught at Hood from 1975 to 1983; she died in 2002. Victoria Gomez is this year’s award winner.

Victoria is an early childhood education major with an interdepartmental minor in classroom wellness. Her current GPA of 3.83 re ects her conscientious scholarship and focused work habits toward her academics. Tory devotes herself to her studies and has a tenacity to accomplishing all she sets her mind to. Her attention to detail and task completion have served her well. Her internships this year have been at Spring Ridge Elementary and have provided her an opportunity to work with diverse populations and to hone her instructional skills. She hails from Cockeysville, Maryland, and enjoys spending time with her family at their second home on the Eastern Shore. She also enjoys doing her art work and has taken several art courses here at Hood.

The E. Louise Leonard Prizeis awarded annually to a senior whose major subject is French and who has done excellent work in the language and literature of France. Associate Professor Emerita E. Louise Leonard taught French and Italian at Hood from 1926 to 1970. The prize was established and endowed in 1969 by former students of Professor Leonard for whom she was an exemplar and inspiration. Matthew Hassaine is this year’s recipient.

Matthew is a senior from Middletown, Maryland. He is in the Honors Program and graduating with a major in French and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn '61 French Prize is awarded to the most outstanding student studying abroad in France and to academically outstanding first-year students who intend to be French majors. Janet Nunn, a 1961 Hood alumna and long-time Francophile, funded this prize to support the study of French language and culture at Hood. This year’s prize is shared by Lucky Hernandez and Brendon Page.

Lucky, a sophomore from Texas majoring in French and social work, will be studying in Paris this coming fall.

Brendon is a sophomore. He is a French major and will study in Paris in the spring of 2018.

The Marion Macphail Prize is awarded to a senior major in Spanish who is not a native Spanish speaker and has not lived in a Spanish-speaking country for more than three months prior to entering Hood College. This award is given in recognition of proficiency in the Spanish language. Professor MacPhail, associate professor emerita of modern languages, taught French and Spanish at Hood from 1926 until 1966; she died in 1980. This year’s recipient is Molly Masterson.

Molly is a graduating senior. She is in the Honors Program and is graduating with majors in art and archaeology and Spanish and a minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. She was a semi nalist for a Fulbright Grant in the UK.

The Charlotte A. Moran Prize is awarded to a student of the French language who shows outstanding achievement in intermediate French and who plans to pursue additional studies in French. This prize honors the memory of Charlotte A. Moran, associate professor emerita of French and 1957 Hood alumna. Professor Moran taught at Hood from 1966 to 1989; she died in 2000. The prize is shared by Abraham Kettor, Denisse Marin, Brendan Page and Marisa Reel.

Abraham is a sophomore majoring in global studies, and the 2017 recipient of the Davis Project for Peace grant. He is interested in becoming a double major in French and wants to study abroad in Paris in 2018.

Denisse is a freshman; she is planning to become a French and global studies major and wants to study abroad in Paris in 2018.

Marisa is a freshman; she is enjoying French and will continue her study of the language in two classes next fall and wants to major in archaeology.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn '61 Award for Outstanding Elementary Arabic Student was established in 2008 and supported by Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61. The award is presented to a student who has excelled in elementary Arabic and who plans to pursue additional studies in Arabic. The award goes to Jessica Burnette and Rachel Keller.

Jessica is a freshman at Hood College and in the Honors Program.

Rachel is a junior majoring in math.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn '61 Award for Outstanding Intermediate Arabic Student was established in 2009 and supported by Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61. The award is presented to a student who has excelled in intermediate Arabic. This year’s recipient is Cecilia Ariola-Adams.

Cecilia is a sophomore and in the Honors Program. She is majoring in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and political science.

The Florence A. Pastore Memorial Award was established in 1994 by Col. Joseph A. Pastore, retired from the U.S. Army, former vice president for administration and finance and treasurer of Hood College, to honor the memory of his wife, Florence. This prize is awarded to a student studying abroad in France, or to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in French. Florence Pastore enjoyed her many connections to France and to French culture. She died in 1989; Col. Pastore died in 1997. The award is presented to Victor Muleki.

Victor spent a semester in Paris in the spring of 2016 and is a French major.

The Dr. Robert Kauffman German Prize, established in 2011, is presented to a student who shows promise in the German language and who demonstrated a true passion for learning about German culture, history and politics. The recipient of this award is Gina Sterling.

Gina is a first-year student from Pennsylvania.